Computers and Safety

Module Title - Computers and Safety
Number of credits - 10

Module description 

This module is primarily intended to give system safety engineers an introduction to the issues that must be considered when software-based systems are used in safety-critical or safety-related applications.

The module starts with a rapid overview of how computer systems work, from basic hardware components up to application software. The emphasis throughout this introduction is on highlighting areas that are of potential concern to safety engineers.

This introduction is followed by a more in-depth examination of the software development process, considering especially aspects of requirements specification, design and analysis that are critical to deployment of software-intensive systems in safety-critical applications.

The module also considers the structuring and collection of evidence for the software safety case.